The Monthly Ketch-Up

Hello there!

How have you been? I’ve been missing writing for my blog so so much! Feels so great to be back! ^_^

Finally time to do The Monthly Ketch-Up aka Catch-Up of my blog yet again. Like every month, this is gonna be sort of a recap/throwback/flashback of the blog posts I made last month, so that you all can enjoy these posts again or catch-up on those you missed.

Let’s start! 🙂

The Monthly Ketch-Up : May 2015

The 5th month of this blog, and for me it’s been that long of being a blogger. Wow! Well, to begin with, this month I have been a bit lazy or laid back you might say. But sometimes a break is good. You never know, it might turn into some research and stuff too. 😉

Right now, I’m steering clear of all the stats, hardly had a few posts last month. But few turned out well. 😉

Most Popular of the Month

Obviously begin with the best. 😀

The Only Choice : And it’s a flash fiction story written for MFtS challenge. Honestly, this is my favorite too. It almost has all the elements. Well, almost. 😉 You can read and decide yourself.
What is happening in the life of Amaya – the mysterious girl on the beach…

Another flash fiction story for the same challenge

Captain Chronicles : All aboard the ship. Something is fishy. Find out what is bothering the Captain!

More Fiction:

The Danger Sign – Scene 5 : Well this was the 5th installment of the series. But the last one with the flashbacks. Confused? You can always start at the beginning. 😉

Poetry

This month only one poetry post. Not fair, eh? Ok, will do better next month.

Cycle of Recycle : Written for Poetry101Rehab this one is a little tricky. Recycle or Reincarnation or something else? Do find out and read the poem!

Movie Review

You’re Not You (2014) : The movie truly moved me. It’s about an ALS patient (played by Hillary Swank) and her unique bond with her care taker. Very inspiring.

Other:

Friendships, Feelings And MoreMy Perception on different type of friends and Friends’ Relationships; Emotional or Philosophical stuff:

And,

Surprise:

So I talked about a surprise in the last Ketch-up and here it is!!

Smile For Me Baby – (My First Song) : Title explains all. I call it a song rather than a poem since it felt like one and I was sort of singing it out while writing. 😀 So yeah, my first song indeed! I have no idea why I wrote it or for whom, but I just did. Hope someone smiles after reading it! 🙂

For This Month :

Alright people, this was it. For June, expect the final two installments for The Danger Sign, maybe a few more stories and poems.

Keeping it short and sweet.

See you next month,

Keep Reading,

Enjoy

Much Love, 

– Realist Rebel

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You’re Not You (2014)

You’re Not You (2014) – Review

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“One moment can change your life.”

A single moment, unaware, will catch you off-guard, and whoosh. Just like that, quick like the snapping of fingers, your life will turn upside down.

I guess it is some sort of strange coincidence that most of the (handful) movie reviews I have done so far, all of them were based on a novel of same name as the movie! This one was written by (the novel) Michelle Wildgen.

The movie is beyond emotional. really intense. Even the trailer was moving, I almost choked up watching it.

The story is about a woman named Kate (Hilary Swank). Her life is PERFECT. A professional who has a great husband , amazing job, amazing house, great friends, is an independent and strong woman, who is basically a perfectionist. It just so happens that all this was not meant stay forever.

One fine day whilst playing the piano, Kate realized that something was wrong. Her fingers started twitching on their own.

A year and a half later, we get to know she has got ALS or the Lou Gehrig’s Disease. (Slow death of neurons, person loses control over bodily functions and inevitably leads to death. There is no cure.)

Her husband Evan (Josh Duhamel) is doing everything in his power to support her. He becomes her part time nurse. He bathes her, clothes her, dons her make-up even, he is doing his duty, the best he can. But is it enough?

Enters Bec (Emmy Rossum). A care-free rebellious college goer, who was looking for a part time job and ends up at Kate and Evan’s doorsteps. Gets caught smoking on the very first day even.

She obviously doesn’t have any experience or any sort of nursing skills, still Kate insists on hiring her.

Kate fired her previous nurse since she “treated her like a patient.”

It is heart-breaking to see Kate, who was used to doing everything on her own and being in control, depending literally and figuratively on someone else for EVERYTHING.

Honestly, after watching Bec screw up big time, I didn’t think she would continue to stay on the job. I was hoping to see someone who would be sincere and mature enough to understand what they were dealing with.

But surprise surprise. She gets called in again! Bec herself gets surpised that how, after messing it up and literally laughing at Kate’s face when she fell down (in the toilet), she could still be on the job?

But Kate says one small but important thing. Bec doesn’t treat her like a patient. She is a person. And unlike all the other nurses who keep telling her what to do, she in turn would like to tell them what to do. And that Bec will actually listen to her.

“One person can give us hope.”

Trial and Error my friend, trial and error. Everyone learns eventually. Even Bec did. She learned a lot of things from Kate. Who knew? So there starts a journey, of Kate and Bec, two women, a very odd and unlikely pair. They share moments, their ups and downs, a little heart to heart talk once or twice maybe.  The adventures of Kate and Bec!

And there comes a moment in the movie, where the title is used. It reveals the meaning. Why this title. And it’s beautiful, trust me. Don’t wanna spoil it so wont say.

They both learn from and teach each other in ways unimaginable. Kate learns to loosen up a bit, let go and laugh and enjoy at times.

Bec learns how to be responsible – not only for herself but for another person who is actually a patient. A very critical one at that.

What about the husband? He’s there, but……

Some people will surprise you. Some people will make a huge impact on you and change you in a way you had never imagined.

This is one such story. Great highs and lows, lots of emotional moments, some funny bits as well, this movie will surely make you more empathetic in general.

Definitely worth a watch. Kate and Bec changed each other unknowingly perhaps, and changed for good. Yes, a tragic end but the journey was worthwhile. Even the way how Bec managed things at the end was worth a watch.

Life is all about the journey. Make the most of it.

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The movie will make you realize:

How important is it to have someone who makes you realize that you should not wait for death, being in constant fear, but seize the moment and live fearless.

How just with showing some faith and trust in another person and their capabilities can do to their lives, it could mean the world to them.

Hilary Swank:. Wow Just Wow. Proved that she can act extremely well, even with such challenging roles.

Josh Duhamel: Short but powerful role.

Emmy Rossum: Basically a singer-song writer but a great actress as well. Very original, very believable.

“Life is measured in moments that leave us breathless.”

Friendships, Feelings And More

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“It’s all about Trust.
Sharing your feelings with friends…
To say or not to say???”
– Realist Rebel

There are many friendships which go way beyond the usual hunky-dory hang outs and chilling together. Most people are of the category who have back-ups for their necessary outgoing “social life”. Can we really call them “friends”??

Maybe those are the kind who are known as a “fair-weathered friend”.

There is another kind. Who come a little far from the previous type. The expression “a friend in need is a friend indeed”, probably got inspired from them.

And then there are some, very rare species these days, friends who have a connection. A real one. Who can really understand what the other is saying or not saying. Such friendships, if found, must be treasured for life.

Some people talk a lot yet say very little. 

They will go on and on, just incessantly blabbering away about everyday nothings and never truly reveal what they are feeling. Such people are either hiding something or they don’t trust you enough to talk about personal stuff.

Some people talk less yet manage to say a lot.

They remain quiet usually. But when they talk everything makes sense. They wont directly reveal their feelings but if you listen closely, you might just be able to figure out.

Yup there are other kinds too. Talk and say a lot at the same time or do neither!

Well, the neither case would be extreme but, you never know… Some people just prefer to remain silent altogether. Usually they do it around the people they don’t trust at all. Not even a bit.

And then there are people who are a mixture of the above mentioned types!!

Maybe I’m the mixture kind! 😀

But honestly, I feel this has got more to do with the person I’m talking to rather than what kind of a person I am, which decides how and what am I gonna talk about with them.

eg. I will truly reveal my feelings (most of it) only when I trust the other person and believe that they really care and bother to hear me out! (And not because they need some material for gossip…yeah BEWARE of THAT type! Seriously.)

I don’t know if that’s the right thing to do or not, maybe it’s right for me or whatever! But this is what I do, this is what I am. I trust my gut feeling and instincts or intuition or anything you wanna call it, and just go with it.

When someone shares their feelings, I respect that person and if they are telling something in confidence (like a secret), never ever break their trust.

I love my friends (the few true friends I have) and I really do treasure them.

When they tell me how they feel (however direct or indirect) it feels good that they trust me. And when I share my feelings, it feels good that I have someone who cares.

Cheers to friendship!

I hope everyone has a friend they can be themselves with.

And is the same type as you are! 😛 (You should be so lucky!!)

Much Love,

– Realist Rebel ❤

A to Z

After blabbering from A to H

And going from I to U

Finally time for Vee to Zee !!

Here goes:


Very inspiring summary of the loving memory of people.

Will lead to another time, and it’s not a crime.

Xenophobics stay behind, unattractive and unkind.

Yesterday’s mistakes today’s lessons.

Zealous for upcoming adventure, we all call it – future.



Poetic Form: Acrostic

Poetic Device: Internal Rhyme

Truth Behind “Moved On”

There are different things that different people want from us. It’s up to us to decide who is worth all the trouble. On the contrary, finding out what we really want, is precisely the most important and most tedious task to be accomplished.

Always heard about guiding Angels and guiding Light that lead us and show us the way to get through the difficulties we are facing. But in reality, one day we wake up and see what we have been looking for doesn’t even exist! Then nothing and nobody can help. Being here in this world alone and facing every problem with a brave and positive attitude is what we need to do just about every day. I mean, we can’t deny this fact that someday we need to give up on “fairy tale” happy ending myths; and the belief of “prince charming” sweeping you off your feet….. ain’t really gonna happen that way! Barring a few exceptions of course, but let’s get real.

When the time comes to face the reality, everything is supposed to change; but obviously it doesn’t. There is no magic wand that would change everything as quickly as we wish it to. Yet somehow, we forget – forget that amidst all the growing up, moving on and facing reality, there remains a part inside us which still wants and craves for the things we wanted; exactly the way we wanted them – the perfect way.

Yes, the reality check here would be to search ourselves, look within to find out the truth behind the crap, “oh chill! I have moved on man!” – What can be the truth? Is it so easy to move on? Even if it’s not, yet somehow most of us get there. But later don’t really bother to see deep down and realize just how much we got hurt in the process. The feelings which were curbed down, the thoughts that were brushed aside, the memories which were sacked and pushed in the corner, the emotions that were tied down and the desires which were brutally killed – altogether did the damage that they could to the heart and the soul which eventually stopped living.

Moving on is not a joke. It’s neither easy nor difficult. It’s basically the only choice left when someone leaves or we leave someone. Yes it applies in both cases. Anybody saying otherwise would be lying.

Also, the duration for moving on varies for people. Time required to finally get over someone, can’t be estimated. But one thing is for sure, 100% recovery isn’t done when you think it’s done. There are times in our lives, when we can really surprise ourselves. There can be a possibility that we may realize that all this time we didn’t really move on; we only thought we did. Just not giving the same amount of attention to that person anymore in our lives doesn’t mean that we don’t want those things anymore which we always wanted. People make mistakes, poor judgments, unrealistic expectations, but hey, it can’t always work as one sided! A relationship has to be a two-way street at all times. Even if a person is supporting the other, it can only work if the latter is willing to accept it. Otherwise it would be like banging your head against a wall and you’ll only end up hurting yourself.

There is nothing wrong in (still) wanting the things we craved for earlier. Moving on only says that we are strong enough to let go. It doesn’t mean the end of the world or end of love and relationships.  Some things and people are just not meant to be with us. Maybe they belong with someone else, maybe it’s not the right timing or maybe it’s something else. That is part of life. I’m not saying that it shouldn’t have happened since everything happens for a reason. Besides, it’s an integral part of growing up and being mature about things; all this without losing faith and hope. So rather than just saying “moved on”, we should really do move on with life and live it the way we want; without worrying about anybody else. After all, we get only one life; make every moment count.

No. Just No.

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What it means to say No

What it’s like to break a heart

To tell someone they won’t get what they want.

How to say No to someone in Need

Someone who is close indeed.

 

No. No is just a word when You Say it.

No is like the shutting of a door

For the one who gets to hear it.

They will have to look for another

And suffer some more.

 

Everything every time cannot be a yes

There has to be a No

A place or world without No

Is a place which doesn’t exist.

Or does it

It existed for me.

 

I was too afraid

To say No:

When that little word

Became that horrible feeling

Of breaking someone’s heart.

I was too afraid

To say No:

When I didn’t wanna lose the person.

I was too afraid

To say No:

When I thought

If the person hears it

They are never coming back.

Maybe

Maybe not.

But if that were to be

I was better off without.

 

Wish I knew it sooner

But now also

I am too afraid

To say No.

I don’t say No

When I don’t wanna break No hearts

Simply because I Know the feeling

I Know the pain

I Know No.


In response to Poetry 101 Rehab: Prompt – No

The Ugly “Wall”

When someone asks you to think about walls, what comes into your mind? Before I reveal what hit me when I wondered about walls, lemme tell you I desperately searched my camera album and even browsed through old pictures thinking I might accidentally stumble upon any “wall” picture to share with you guys. But nope, that certainly didn’t happen! Then I realized I never click pictures only of walls (unless there are people standing in front of them!). Although, yes, I might have clicked a few pictures of old walls of archaeological or heritage sites found here in India; I do like a good piece of work, like those beautifully engraved and carefully carved intricate patterns found on the stone walls of The Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, etc.
PS: I’m not good at describing those things so pardon me!

Then again what else comes to mind? Well, I kind of took it metaphorically you can say. Walls. Fences. Borders. Man-made barriers. A way of marking a territory.

But what do they really mean? In the real world? Continents, countries, states, cities….everything is divided. Long story short, I don’t like such “walls”. And yes, all borders are ugly. They are just messy.

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The India-Pakistan border appears as an orange line in a photo taken by the crew on International Space Station.

Ok, so this is like, even the ALIENS can see the “apparent” divide!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sure it looks nice from space, but it is after all, just another border.

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The floodlit border fencing built through the Indian government since 2003 is so bright it can be seen from space

Yeah, so the floodlights are probably good for surveillance and all…. that’s it, I wont say much.

I sometimes wish someone would go back in time and undo all this. And instead of War, just spread Love.

अमन की आशा – Aman Ki Asha (Hope for Peace)


This post was in response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge Prompt : Wall (Share an image of a wall that reveals something about a place, people, or you.)

Future Calling

How times have changed from beginning to end
Who knows the difference between virtual and real
What is the next social media trend
Is virtual the new real or real the new virtual?

What are we leaving for future generations
Personal touch too or touch too personal?
Making it really difficult to deal with
The future vision and to vision future

Where are we headed; what path are we on
Time to do right and be strong
World could not see more wrong

We are the human race, not racing humans.
Leave a little love, compassion and humanity
For a beautiful future of virtual reality.



Writing 201 Assignment
Prompt: Future
Form: Sonnet
Device: Chiasmus

Mind Games

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Writing 201 : Poem Assignment #3

Prompt: Trust

Form: Acrostic

Device: Internal Rhyme



Every day, people change in every way.

Most of the story I made up, has a trustworthy backup.

Oblivion to anyone but me, thoughts playing out to see

The reactions they get, from people they have met.

Invitations were inevitable, if only they were amicable.

Otherwise they say something, and mean something else.

Nobody shows their real feelings, for they fear dealing.

Shadows of secrets remain covered in closets.



The Writing 201 course is much more difficult than I thought it would be! Am already behind on the assignments, and there must be even tougher assignments ahead in the next week. Maybe because am forcing myself to use all the three things given and combine them to write my poem, am feeling I have been trapped! My free flow creativity gets hampered because of such constraints. Nonetheless, many people are doing it easily and so should I. And am so happy and excited as I am learning such new things.

But am also worried because I am not being able to access the Commons. Same problem I encountered earlier, due to email address mismatch I suppose. Hence am not able to get any feedback properly. So please please, leave your feedback, I would appreciate it so very much. Thanks in advance! 😉

White Bird In A Blizzard (2014)

White Bird In A Blizzard (2014) – Review

I liked the title, clever use of alliteration and metaphor combined together. Catchy. The movie is a running metaphor in a way. You will figure it out eventually.

Based on a novel of same name, by Laura Kasischke.

“I was 17 when my mother disappeared.” So this is the story of a teenage girl and her mother. And when the mother goes AWOL, we get to see how it affects the daughter.

Shailene Woodley – The daughter Katrina (Kat). She is also the narrator. I watched this movie coz I liked her in ‘The Fault In Our Stars’.

Eva Green – the mother (Mrs. Connor). Who goes missing.

Story is set in 1988.

Initially when Kat finds out about her mom, she stays calm, normal. How can she be so cool about her mom suddenly disappearing? She should be freaking out!! But then later, she begins having some recurring nightmares about her mom in trouble…in the blizzard.
All throughout the movie, Kat keeps remembering the things in the past, how her mother used to be and how she changed, became an alcoholic and sadist or something. And how Kat’s parents were unhappy in their marriage. She figures that that was the reason her mom left.

Her dad makes her see a shrink; so that she could talk about her repressed feelings. She is seen in therapy and later with some pills too. Poor girl.

She even told about those dreams to the shrink…. But the shrink said, dreams don’t necessarily mean anything. It’s just a way for your brain to let off steam at the end of the day. Is it so now?! I don’t think so!!

And her stupid idiotic boyfriend Phil is of no help either… I mean he says things like “vicious CIRCUS” for God’s sake! He is trash. She says she knows he isn’t the brightest crayon in the box; to which her friend replies: that’s the understatement of the century… and I was like, I so agree with you!!

Haha it just makes sense his nick name is “Garbage” LOL

I swear I wrote the trash word for him before I knew his nickname!!!!!!!

So ya he was of no use coz he stopped having sex with Kat which was so weird. Then she even went on to seduce the detective on this case, and slept with him! Perhaps her mother’s disappearance was a shock to her and this is the way she responded.

Flashback till spring of 1991. Kat was narrating it to her college roommate.

That’s like half the movie. But on and off there are flashbacks throughout.

From there starts the thriller part. Well a subtle thriller I would say. Didn’t feel like it in the beginning. It was all drama and sex and nudity before.

And even this is flashback. As Kat is again narrating this entire story, apparently, to some unknown person! Or to herself?! No idea.

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Initially Kat was playing it cool. She claimed she was not bothered at all when her mother disappeared. You might think that was because her mother wasn’t exactly a role model for a parent. It seems that she was jealous of Kat maybe. This is not good. I mean no mother can ever get jealous of her own daughter….beats me.

But in my opinion, Kat was in denial when she didn’t react at all. Also, the way her mother had become, must be only coz of the frustration of not being able to have a fulfilling sex life, and that’s the reason she was jealous of Kat. You know, as she was just a teenager and yet she had a better sex life than Mrs. Connor!

Sooner than later, Kat begins to think about where her mom really went. And this really begins to bother her. Nightmares were already bothering her a bit. She breaks down and decides she wants to know what actually happened.

And gradually as we get to see the flashbacks, we learn something new each time. I don’t wanna spoil anything so won’t say much.

And the climax was totally unexpected.

The movie has some uncomfortable moments. Some words might make you uneasy (excessive use of the F word). Some comparisons are totally unnecessary. Like Kat losing her virginity being compared to her mom’s disappearance. Just like that. In a jiffy. Crazy logic!

Depressing movie. But also makes you realize that no matter how close you are to a person, be it your own family, you can’t claim to know them completely. There are always elements of surprises, shock even, that you can’t ever imagine, even in your wildest dreams….

Nothing new in the story, apart from the twist at the end. Average performances. Although nice screenplay by the director Gregg Araki. Unnecessary nudity. Fucked up family. Not much of a treat. 6/10